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This is a Summary Access Statement. A full access statement is available to download from this page.

Before you visit

  • Large print information leaflet is available on request
  • Free entry to RSPB members. For non-members, admission charges apply.
  • Carers are given free entry
  • Reception building open between 9.30 am and 5 pm. Reserve open between 9 am and 9 pm, or dusk if sooner. We are open every day except Christmas Day
  • Only Registered Assistance Dogs allowed
  • Check accessibility for events and activities

How to get here

  • By train - Neston (3.4 miles) and Hooton (4.3 miles) are the nearest. Taxis are readily available from both these stations
  • There is no longer a service to Burton village. The nearest bus stop is Ness Botanic gardens, 1.5 miles from the reserve entrance. 

Car parking

  • Seven blue badge free spaces 30 m from Reception
  • Total of 87 spaces in main car park
  • The car park surface is loose gravel. The car park is not lit at night
  • There is a drop-off point 30 m from the reception building.

Visitor centre

One entrance through a large double door. Inside is one floor, step-free with level entry. Smooth floor. The area is evenly- and well-lit. Binoculars are available for hire. Large print information displays.

Nature trails

A mix of signposted paths. Gorse Covert Woodland trail is 800 m long, unsurfaced, can be muddy in wet weather. Burton Mere trail is 900 m long, level and compact gravel surface. Reed and Fen trail is 900 m long, level and compact gravel surface. A large boardwalk ramp with anti-slip material is provided between Burton Mere trail to the Reed and Fen trail. The pat between Burton Mere and Reed and Fen trails is wide enough for two wheelchairs except for one section.

Viewing facilities

Great views from the main reception building. Level entry throughout. Viewpoints on each of the trails. A hide is on the Reed and Fen trail.  Seating is available at every viewpoint and at intervals. A variety of seating is available not all have back and arm rests. Information boards can be read from a child’s eye/seated position. Entry to Marsh Covert hide has a short ramp. Large fixed windows offering good views. Some windows open outward and can be quite heavy. The upper windows open inwards and upwards and can be quite heavy.


An accessible toilet with separate male and female toilets are provided. Baby changing facilities provided.


Light refreshments are available in the main visitor building/reception including chilled water, hot drinks and snacks.

Picnic area

Four picnic tables, two next to the car park the other is 500 m, or about a 5-minute walk from reception. Two picnic tables have space for a wheelchair. Visitors are free to bring their own refreshments with them for picnics.

Help us improve accessibility by sending feedback to the Site Manager.

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